Myth 1: Hand dryers will kill the virus.
You should dry your hands after washing with a paper towel after frequently washing with an alcohol-based soap.
Myth 2: UV lights can disinfect my hands.
No, this actually is more likely to cause skin irritation.
Myth 3: Spraying or ingesting alcohol or chlorine will kill the virus.
No, in fact these substances can be very harmful to your body and clothing. While these substances are effective in cleaning household surfaces, they should not be used on the body without appropriate recommendations by a medical professional.
Myth 4: You will get the virus if you open mail or a package from China.
No, the coronavirus is unable to live long enough on objects such as letters or packages.
Myth 5: I can get the virus from my pets.
Currently, there is no current evidence that your pet can transfer the virus to you. However, it is always better to be safe and wash your hands after touching your pets.
Myth 6: Vaccines like the flu and pneumonia vaccines can protect me against coronavirus.
No, the virus needs its own vaccine, and as it is very new, one has not been developed.
Myth 7: If I rinse my nose with saline, it will prevent the coronavirus.
While there is some evidence to show people have recovered from the common cold quicker using this method, there is no evidence that this assists with respiratory infections like the coronavirus.
Myth 8: Eating garlic will prevent the coronavirus.
There is no evidence to support this, although it is always good to eat healthy in general to boost your system.
Myth 9: If I put sesame seed oil on my body, it will block the virus.
Sesame seed oil does not kill the new virus.
Myth 10: Only old people and children will get the virus.
People of all ages can be infected with the virus. However, the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions seem more susceptible to becoming more severely ill.
Myth 11: If I take antibiotics, I cannot get infected.
No, antibiotics only work against bacterial infections, not viral infections.
Myth 12: There HAS to be a medicine to treat this.
To date, there is no medications that is specifically used to treat this virus.
**VTC strongly urges you to talk with medical professionals regarding prevention and treatment of the coronavirus. Please do NOT utilize home remedies. If you are experiencing symptoms, or are diagnosed, please notify your assigned CM by phone.